Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a simpler map of the projects proposed in the bond referendum.
This November, Fort Bend County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a flood bond referendum for the first time since the 1950s.
The county is asking citizens to allow the Fort Bend County Drainage District to borrow up to roughly $83 million for 25 flood mitigation and drainage projects, said the district’s Chief Engineer Mark Vogler.
“Most of the [bond]projects that are being looked at are projects that we either have grant money for or are seeking grant money on,” he said.
If the referendum passes, it will help the county leverage $186 million in federal funds for a total project benefit of $268.9 million, county Auditor Ed Sturdivant said. A tax rate increase is not expected.
To see which projects are near your home or business, check out the map above.
The following five projects could not be mapped:
- $2,979,649 for the Fort Bend County watershed study;
- $1 million for erosion engineering, design and environmental review for Willow Fork, Cane Island and Oyster Creek projects;
- $917,943 for debris removal;
- $250,000 for installing about 30 rain gauges across the county so residents can access real-time data about rainfall events; and
- $63,000 for road and bridge repairs.